Kvitova: Wozniacki Next?

Petra Kvitova reached the round of 16 and might hold the fate of the No.1 spot in her hands.

Published October 05, 2010 12:00

Kvitova: Wozniacki Next?
Petra Kvitova

BEIJING, China - They pushed each other to the limits at Wimbledon, so why not at the China Open too? Two of the biggest hitters around, Kaia Kanepi and Petra Kvitova, met again on one of the biggest stages in tennis, and again it was Kvitova who came good, beating the Estonian trailblazer, 75 67(6) 62.

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Kanepi, ranked No.23, and Kvitova, No.34, played in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, with Kvitova saving five match points for a 46 76(8) 86 win and a spot in her first Grand Slam semifinal. This time they played almost two and a half hours and it looked like Kanepi would come back from match point down to win, as she saved one down 6-5 in the second set breaker and pushed the match to a third. From 2-all in the decider it was all Kvitova however, as she won four straight games - including two easy breaks of serve - to move on.

"I think my game was a little bit better than at Wimbledon," Kvitova said. "It was a tough match, up and down. I was 5-0 down in the second set but I was just playing, not thinking about it. Unfortunately it still went to a third set but I had some chances to break and I made them. I was playing well today, and I'm happy because my last tournament wasn't too good for me."

If Caroline Wozniacki gets past Sara Errani on Wednesday, Kvitova could be Wozniacki's next opponent in a very high profile round of 16 match indeed - if Wozniacki reaches the quarters here, she will ascend to No.1 next Monday.

"We will see if she wins her first match - probably yes - and so I'm looking forward to it, because we played at Wimbledon and I won there," Kvitova said. "She's a great player and it will be interesting to see if she ends up at No.1."

The last time Wozniacki played Kvitova, things didn't go her way, as the Czech cruised to a 62 60 win at Wimbledon, a round before the Kanepi match.

Another one of Kvitova's victims at the All-England Club, Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.8, was unable to complete her first match of the week here, retiring in the second set of her match with Timea Bacsinszky due to a left thigh strain. Azarenka won the first set but after dropping serve at 2-all in the second set was unable to continue, giving Bacsinszky a 46 32 retirement victory.

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